Cardiff review...(MikeC)

2010 has been quite a year for Paul Weller with latest album ‘Wake Up The Nation’ earning him rave reviews as well as a Mercury Music Prize nomination and now a UK wide arena tour to close out the year in style.

An expectant crowd at the CIA were treated to a set that lasted just short of two hours by the Modfather who rattled through songs ranging from the Jam’s very first album through to tracks from his latest solo offering in a packed 29 song set.

Weller’s audiences have aged along with him over the last thirty years or so but there’s still an expectant buzz around the arena as the lights dim and the band jog onto the stage ripping straight into the new album’s opening track ‘Moonshine’ and following up with the foot stomping ‘From The Floorboards Up’ taken from 2005’s ‘As Is Now’.

Warming the crowd up with four newer tracks and then the under-rated ‘Woodcutter’s Son’ the crowd erupts with the first Jam track of the night, a raucous ‘Eton Rifles’ suitably aided by a soaring Union Jack lighting set up.

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